Lisa Reinhard’s Unbreakable Will is a novel set during the Great Depression. Its main character is Will Handler, a young teen who is riding the rails to escape an unbearable family in Pittsburgh. He quickly finds out that life on the road is not the stuff of boyhood dreams. It is a cold, lonely, and hungry existence. He is befriended by an older man who teaches him the ropes for surviving while camped out in hobo jungles and living out of box cars. Finding that there is no place like home after living with roustabouts and working as a 'hand' in the circus, he ends up saving a man and his daughter in a train accident which brings him face-to-face with the President of the United States.
This is Will’s coming-of-age experience during a desperate time in our nation’s history. It has something to say to us today since we are facing a similar economic crisis. It is a story of grit; of digging deep inside to find the strength to go on; of not giving up.
Unbreakable Will gives important historical facts, geographical locations, and key political figures of that time. This is a true story as it is about her own father. Quite a moving. Reinhard started working on this novel when she discovered her father was dying of cancer. She wanted to see it published before he died. Although this did not happen, we know he is smiling; very proud of his daughter. It is based on his adventures of leaving Pittsburgh when he was twelve and heading for California. She interviewed her father, conducted extensive research into the Great Depression, read dozens of books, watched films of riding the rails, the construction of Hoover Dam, and what life was like during that time and also listened to the music from that era, all of which shines through her words and makes you feel like you are right there. www.lisareinhard.com Front Porch Publishing www.frontporchromance.com Represented by Loiacono Literary Agency www.loiaconoliteraryagency.com Release date June 2014 ebook, August 2014 print.